Brad Paisley and Heidi Newfield Dominate ACM Nominations

Brody Vercher | February 11th, 2009

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  1. [...] The9513, commenter, Craig R., thoughtfully analyzes the problems with Chesney’s comments: “As a country music fan Kenny Chesney’s music depresses me. As a gay [...]
  2. [...] the nominations for the ACM Awards were announced on Wednesday, several readers keenly noted that the album of the year nominees were missing from the list. It [...]
  1. Kelly
    February 11, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Randy Rogers Band got a nod, thats awesome. I dig the Ashton S, Joey + Rory and Zac Brown nods also…

  2. Jim Malec
    February 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Nice to see that Marty was able to call in to Blake as scheduled.

  3. Matt C.
    February 11, 2009 at 11:28 am

    This is the strongest list of ACM nominees in some time. No Rascal Flatts or Kenny Chesney in song/single? That’s taste. Actually, the weakest song in either category is “I Saw God Today,” which is more of a weak George Strait record than an intrinsically weak record.

    But where are the album nominees?

  4. Jessica
    February 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Glad to hear that Jamey Johnson got the 3 nominations & Ashton got nominated as well. Very surprised on the Heidi Newfield nominations. I had to giggle when I saw Taylor as top female vocalist. I do see that the Top New Artist categories are going to be fan voted…vote for the top person in each category and then out of those three, vote for the top person as “Top New Artist”. Hopefully Jamey will win.

    Marty’s show is refreshing to see on the air, especially right before the Opry is on tv.

  5. Dave S
    February 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I clicked on the link for the rest of the ACM nominations and much to my surprise, they do not have the album of the year nominations? Was the past year really that bad that they eliminated the category?

  6. Jessica
    February 11, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I saw that too Dave….also anyone notice that out of those that made the announcement of the awards, 1 out of 4 actually got a nomination?

  7. Rick
    February 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

    If the ACM “Top New Female Vocalist” award goes to Julianne Hough I think I’ll get a bit nauseous. I’m a big fan of both Sarah Buxton and Ashton Shepherd, but since this is a “vocalist” category Ashton deserves to win hands down. The “Top New Male Vocalist” category also has interesting nominees and as much as I like Jamey Johnson its hard to beat James Otto’s set of pipes.

    File that Kenny Chesney interview under “too much information” I really didn’t need or want to know. Ugh.

    Ashley Monroe is far too talented to be cast off the Nashville System into obscurity. I hope this connection with The Raconteurs helps boost her career or lead to other opportunities. Go Ashley!

    When Marty Stuart says “Country Music Is Timeless” I would guess he doesn’t include Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, or Taylor Swift within that category of “country music”…

  8. Brady Vercher
    February 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

    The Album nominees will be announced in March. The winners of the Top New Vocalist categories will be announced in March as well and then they’ll be combined into a new category for Top New Artist.

    I’m certainly not sold on all the nominees, but for the most part, the list looks good.

  9. Michael
    February 11, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I think the ACM nominations are a big ole yawn. Very predictable. I would like to see Jamey Johnson and Ashton Shepherd walk away with trophies, however. Also, I thought “Johnny & June” was pretty bland so I’m surprised to see it getting so much love here.

    As for Kenny, I think it’s unfortunate that he should have to worry about being perceived as gay in 2009. But I would be naive to think that it wouldn’t hurt, and probably even ruin, his career. However, this interview paints a portrait of him that is gross and “piggish” in my mind.

  10. Dan Milliken
    February 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    “It just might be the most genius edition yet”

    You cheeky bastard.

  11. Leeann Ward
    February 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Nice to see that Chesney is as immature as his songs.

  12. Kelly
    February 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Shoot, I passed 100 before the second podcast was posted. Kenny cant hang with a real-live country music podcaster…I’m the Wilt Chamberlain of Podcasting…or not.

  13. Karlie
    February 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah, regarding Kenny’s comments: Ewwwww.

  14. Gloria
    February 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I couldn’t stand Kenny before reading this and now he really gags me!! When you have to boast (brag) about how many people you’ve supposedly slept with then it makes you wonder even more! If he gets EOTY after boasting about this in a magazine then there is no respect for the industry award shows…IMO! YUK, YUK

  15. Craig R.
    February 11, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    As a country music fan Kenny Chesney’s music depresses me. As a gay man Kenny Chesney’s comment saddens me. I understand that the idea of a country singer being called gay would make most want to run to the hills. The country audience, though wide and varied, may not want,need,or desire a gay country singer. But the problem about being tagged “gay” is not about being gay, but about about how you approach your own self- worth and respect.

    Kenny Chesney has never done anything in public that might lead one to think he is gay except that this is the second time (with force)that he has denied being gay. I am happy and proud that he is straight. But in order to convince us does he have to degrade women and gays. If I were one of the women he slept with I would be insulted to think that he grouped me and used me to promote his image and quash his fears. As a gay person I would rather him say ” I am not gay, but I am flattered that my fan base includes that group.”

    The image of being gay wouldn’t be a big deal if he was more than an image. No one ever talks about Kenny Chesney the artist or musical great or icon. That is because Chesney’s music isn’t worth a dime. His audience likes his performances on the road- although I notice he never sounds that great on televison. The shows he puts on are all about having fun, remembering when you were a pre-adult,having a beer and hanging out with the boys(by the way all things gay men enjoy as well). That frat boy/beach boy image would be,at least in Chesney’s mind, ruined if he were gay or thought of as gay. And this is the point that truly saddens me: Does Kenny Chesney really think that his fans are that immature, and if so what does that deeply say about Kenny Chesney?

  16. Leeann Ward
    February 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Nice points Craig R. Well put.

    While I’ve never been a Chesney fan, I’m actually surprised that he was so juvenile here. I always thought that while his catalog was immature, he always presented himself well. I’m actually surprised that he’s such a flagrant womanizer or at least trying to pass himself off as one.

  17. Sam G.
    February 11, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    “Shoot, I passed 100 before the second podcast was posted. Kenny cant hang with a real-live country music podcaster…I’m the Wilt Chamberlain of Podcasting…or not.”

    What do you expect from a guy who names his blog “The Gobbler’s Knob”? I’m not sure what that means, but it SOUNDS filthy.

  18. Leeann Ward
    February 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Sam, you’re just being sarcastic like Kelly was being sardonic, right?

  19. Razor X
    February 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I agree that Chesney’s comments were immature but I don’t understand how they were degrading to gay people.

  20. Drew
    February 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Exactly what I was going to say Razor… and just another comment that will turn real country fans away from Chesney. Seriously, what did he have to gain by going on in detail about the 100+?

  21. Sam G.
    February 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Leeann: Yes. But the first time I saw the URL, it did throw me a little. :-)

  22. Steve M.
    February 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I don’t care who Kenny Chesney sleeps with. His music will always suck to me.
    How could Ryan Bingham not get a best new artist nomination? Does anyone in the academy ever listen to music outside the the top 40?

  23. Cardsgal
    February 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Kenny Chesney – Me think thou dost boast too much. And let me add a big “yuck,” also.

  24. Cardsgal
    February 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I meant “thinks.” And – great post Craig R.

  25. Cardsgal
    February 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Razor — I think Chesney’s comments were offensive to gay people because he felt the need to VEHEMENTLY deny being gay by bragging about how many women he’s had. He is implying that there is something wrong with being gay when there is NOT. Furthermore, if he sleeps with 1,000 women, that is not PROOF that he isn’t gay. If he is attracted to men, and desires men, then he is gay, even if he is in denial about it and/or doesn’t act upon it.

  26. stars_gal
    February 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Will someone please help Ashley Monroe put out a proper cd already!?

  27. The Troof
    February 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    A gay friend of mine told me that if a guy is bragging about the girls he slept with, then dude is G-A-Y!

  28. J.R. Journey
    February 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    @ Craig R: Well-written and thoughful comment.

    As to Chesney, I was always told ‘the squeaky wheel wants to be greased.’

  29. Danielle
    February 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Why is denying being gay translate into putting gays down? I think Kenny denied it “vehemently” because he has been down this road before and is sick of the rumors and speculation. I don’t think the emotion was directed at the suggestion that he’s gay, I think it was directed at the constant rumors he has addressed before. He was nice about it the first time he said he wasn’t gay. I think he is frustrated, and people are reading way too much into that interview. Just because someone says they are not gay, doesn’t mean they are against other people who are. He didn’t say one way or another. Why don’t you ask before you get offended and label someone? Stop jumping to conclusions about Kenny’s views on the subject.

  30. Kim
    February 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    So was Kelly Clarkson’s denial of being lesbian appropriate?

    How was Heidi Newfield nominated of an ACM?

    RIP Molly! does it seem like there have been a lot of country deaths recently? and does anyone know if anyone ever said what killed Lynard Skynard’s keyboardist?

  31. Kelly
    February 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “What do you expect from a guy who names his blog “The Gobbler’s Knob”? I’m not sure what that means, but it SOUNDS filthy.”

    ok, ok, calm down Sam G. I will only say that any “dirty” connotations to the name of my blog are merely coincidental. While this isnt the inspiration for the blog name, have you ever bothered to see or check where it is that the Groundhog comes out on Feb. 2nd? ooohh, DIRTY!!

  32. Kim
    February 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Kelly, I knew about that one. Bill Murray and that bad puppet burned it into my memory!

  33. Hollerin' Ben
    February 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “I agree that Chesney’s comments were immature but I don’t understand how they were degrading to gay people.

    well when he said “What guy who likes girls wouldn’t be angry about that?”

    I get it that homophobia isn’t yet on it’s last legs and I get that for a guy his age who came from where he did that his feelings on the subject are going to be pretty typical and it doesn’t make him an exceptionally bad guy.

    but thinking that the only sensible response to mistaken accusations of homosexuality is anger? pretty lame man.

  34. Razor X
    February 11, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    It’s got nothing to do with homophobia and everything to with having to constantly correct these “mistaken” — and baseless — allegations. I’d be annoyed too if I had to constantly answer these questions which are really nobody’s business anyway.

  35. Joe
    February 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Doesn’t Kenny Chesney have a publicist forever dangling off him whenever he’s supposed to have something to say?

    Was it her day off, on Interview-with-Playboy day? Or did she suggest/endorse this misogynistic blather?

    Also: Renee should feel all warm inside now, knowing that Kenny thinks of her every day and that, after the annulment, he couldn’t get out of bed for an entire week … but it wasn’t “intense” … that’s what bagging 100 girls his first five years on the road was.

  36. Michael
    February 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you for a thoughtful comment, Craig R. I would have also preferred that Kenny had answered with a response similar to your suggestion… regardless of whether he has addressed these rumors before. It is sad and shameful that for many people, the idea of sleeping with 100s of women is more acceptable (morally) than being gay.

  37. J.R. Journey
    February 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    It’s great to see Heidi Newfield get recognized by the ACM. I thought her solo album was marvelous. She’s probably the longest shot of all in the Female category, but I’m just happy to see her name in there.

    The Vocal Collaboration field is also really strong. I’m rooting for McEntire and Dunn!

  38. Occasional Hope
    February 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “Doesn’t Kenny Chesney have a publicist forever dangling off him whenever he’s supposed to have something to say?”

    They probably thought it would play well with the audience addressed.

  39. Occasional Hope
    February 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’m disappointed Joey + Rory got shut out of new duo/group. It’s good to see them in the main duo category, but I think Sugarland has that sewn up this year.

  40. Vicki
    February 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Will GAC now play Joey and Rory now since they got nominated?

  41. Vicki
    February 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Do you think Joey and Rory will be asked to perform? I hope so. Is it looking that there is a shift in the wind here? It seems between the Grammys and ACMs more traditional country artists/songs are being nominated.

  42. Matt B.
    February 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I’m sensing that GAC doesn’t like CMT affiliated artists?

  43. Rick
    February 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Speaking of Joey + Rory, here’s a tidbit from “Country Standard Time”:

    Joey+ Rory excited with first ACM nomination
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009:
    Joey+Rory earned their first Academy of Country Music nomination this morning for Top Vocal Duo. Alongside country veterans Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry and Sugarland, the couple has some stiff competition.

    “When I heard the news this morning, I told Joey ‘guess who just got nominated for an ACM Award’, and then I said ‘Happy Valentines Day love’,” explains Rory Feek – one half of the married duo. “I’m scoring big points as a husband here! But seriously, just to nominated for an ACM award in any category at any time, is an honor…but to be listed on the same ballot with four duos that are heroes of ours…that’s crazy!”

    The Hardison Mill, Tenn. couple who first became known through the CMT’s “Can You Duet” show last year, released their debut album “Life Of A Song”. Produced by Carl Jackson, the album has sold nearly 90,000 units total and 7,817 this week – up 62 percent percent from last week. The single Cheater Cheater also made the charts.”

    Rick’s comment: That’s encouraging to see the sales of “The Life of a Song” are actually picking up steam! Joey + Rory stand about a snowball’s chance in hell of winning this award, but it makes me feel good they got the nomination at all.

    Vicki, like Matt said I think GAC is allergic to acts that originated out CMT. I don’t expect to see the “Carter Twins” video on GAC either.

  44. Brady Vercher
    February 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Wasn’t someone arguing on the single review that “Better as a Memory” was simply a cover for being a jerk? Sounds about right to me.

  45. Mike Wimmer
    February 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    That Kenny Chesney quote is pathetic. If only because the only thing worse than people speculating about someone else’s sex life, is someone bragging about their sex life.

  46. Rick
    February 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Speaking of the ACM’s, Edward Morris over at CMT seems to be smitten with Julianne Hough! (Imagine that! lol) Here are just a few choice snippets from the new CMT News section article about the gals announcing the ACM nominees:
    “..Julianne Hough appeared on the verge of turning into a sunbeam..”, “Hough was radiant when she reflected on her impending tour with one of country’s most durable superstars..”, “Hough was equally sunny in her reminiscences of touring last year with Brad Paisley..”. All this effervescence bubbled over in: “First known for her appearances on Dancing With the Stars, Hough marveled at how readily the country music community has embraced her. “Everybody’s been so welcoming,” she said. “I’ve had an amazing year and a-half.”” WOWEEE! (lol)

    Full Article Link:

  47. Stormy
    February 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Something tells me that Kenny Chesney didn’t get laid much in college AFTER he learned to play the guitar either.

  48. Josh
    February 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Craig R. Your post was thoughtful and I completely agree. I think KC just was tired and frustrated, but he DID let out too much info for anyone’s particular taste. As for the nominations…I am overly impressed and already debating on which ones that I want to win this year. Here’s hoping for the best.

  49. Nicolas
    February 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Julianne Hough for New Vocalist! <3

  50. Misty
    February 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I’m stunned that Julianne Hough got a nomination since there are so many other real country singers that deserved that honor. She just plays at singing and has now even tabled it to go back to her dancing reality show. Maybe when she starts acting like a fake, the fans will take her more seriously.

  51. northtexas
    February 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Instead of doing an interview Chesney should have just recorded a cover of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl…and I liked it” lol!

  52. JD
    February 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Chesney was replying to a question posed by a Playboy interviewer…gimme a break. He answered honestly and now you don’t like his answer. He’s gotta be sick of the constant gay cloud over his head anyways.

    Jeez, imagine how Richard Gere must feel…

  53. Gloria
    February 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    JD….it wasn’t the gay question! It was him “bragging” about how many women he supposedly slept with, which he says totaled over 100! Now that is pretty pathetic! By the way, how do you know he answered honestly??

  54. Erik
    February 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Julianne certainly has the chops for the “Top New Female Vocalist” award, but I don’t think she has any business being nominated for a country award. She’s all pop, even if it’s good pop.

  55. tsharky
    February 13, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Re: Kenny’s Comments- I felt like he was acting like a high school boy bragging to his friends about how many women he slept with. Gross, and immature. Too much information Kenny. I lost alot of respect for him after that comment.I don’t really care what he does in his personal life, but I sure don’t want to know the intimate details of his sex life.

    Re: the ACM Nominations- I would love it if Ashton Shephard won Best New Artist. She is hands down, the best new talent out there, male or female. I don’t mind Julianne Hough, but I don’t think she deserves to win this. She is ok, not a bad singer at all, but not in the same league as Ashton.

    Just a Dream should have been nominated for Song or Single. I am not sure how it got left out, as it was one of the most successful songs on radio this year. Many of the songs on the list are weak, except for Johnny and June, which is a great song.

    I was surprised that Darius Rucker was not nominated for Best New Male Artist. He is very talented and had a great year.

  56. Gloria
    February 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Tsharky…I agree with you on all your comments!

  57. Miranda
    March 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Ashton Shepherd deserves to with top new female vocalist hands down without a doubt. It irritates me to no end that she was put in the same category as Juilanna Hough…i mean seriously??

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